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Grants available for women business owners in Muskegon

Business Equity Initiative logo
Business Equity Initiative
Business Equity Initiative logo

Women entrepreneurs in Muskegon are being encouraged to apply for business grants. Here's how the initiative works

The Business Equity Initiative, a community project launched by Muskegon County donors who work to promote a more equitable economy, is currently accepting applications for its first round of 2024 grants.

Women business owners in Muskegon County, especially women of color, are encouraged to apply. Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000 and can be used for anything related to small business operations, including rent payments, utilities, marketing, and inventory. Grant winners are also connected with a mentor.

Past grants have gone to diverse businesses such as cleaning and food businesses, a traveling notary public and even someone who makes wigs for cancer patients.

Applicants must be low- to moderate-income women who own a business registered in Muskegon County or the State of Michigan, and the business has been operational for 1 to 5 years.

Grants are being administered by Northern Initiatives, a Community Development Financial Institution that provides loans and business services throughout the state.

You can apply online at NorthernInitiatives.org. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 10th, and grants will be awarded at 5:30 p.m. July 31st at the Greater Muskegon Women’s Club. The public is welcome to attend.

Dave joined WGVU Public Media in November of 2023 after eighteen years as a Michigan Association of Broadcasters Emmy-nominated photojournalist and editor at Grand Rapids' WOOD TV8 and three years at WEYI TV25 in Flint, Michigan. As a General Assignment Reporter, Dave covers daily news and community events all over West Michigan.
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